Apple has pulled the original iPad mini from its website and it is no longer for sale on the online Apple Store, as noticed by 9to5Mac. This makes the iPad mini 2 the most affordable 7-inch iPad at $299, and this means all current iPad models are powered by 64-bit processors.
Yes, all three current iPad mini models ship with Apple's intelligent personal assistant, Siri. There are actually no iOS products currently on the market that do not support Siri. Siri was introduced with the iPhone 4s on October 4, 2011, and added to the third-generation iPad in 2012.
Siri is available on these devices:
iPhone 4S or later
iPad 3rd generation or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch 5th generation
Walmart has rolled back the price of the original iPad mini to $199. The 16GB WiFi-only model normally retails for $249. The deal is available through walmart.com or at Walmart retail locations. There is no question that this deal offers big savings, but is it really worth buying the original iPad mini when the fourth-generation model is only a few months away?
While Apple mainly focused on the iPad Air 2 at its keynote on Thursday, the iPad mini lineup did get a quick mention during the event. Not only was the third-generation iPad mini with Touch ID announced, but Apple fans also learned that the entire iPad mini family will stick around for at least another year. This is good news for bargain shoppers because the original iPad mini is now the most affordable tablet ever offered by Apple.
The original iPad mini will now be available starting at $249, which is $150 less than its original asking price. iOS fans looking for an affordable iPad Retina display option will be able to pick up the second-generation iPad mini for only $299. That's a $100 drop from its recent price tag of $399.
Target is offering discounts on select iPad mini and iPad Air models. The 16GB Wifi-only iPad mini is now available online for $199, and every model of the iPad Air is on sale staring at $449 for 16GB Wifi-only model, and $579 for the 16GB cellular model. That's $100 off the iPad mini and $50 off the iPad Air. REDcard holders can save an additional 5%. There is limited supply and a 2 iPad limit per customer. The sale ends on 08/23/2014 at 11:59 PM PST.
The deal is available online, except for the white 16GB iPad mini, and in-store. You can also reserve a model online at Target.com and pick it up at a retail location near you.
Wikipad has launched Gamevice.com for its new full spec MFi controller. The company originally announced that the portable controller would be available for Android and Windows 8 devices, but according to the website it only supports the iPad mini. This makes the Gamevice the first iPad mini-only controller released since Apple added MFi support in iOS 7.
The Gamevice features all the standard bells and whistles as other iOS controllers on the market. It is equipped with dual analog sticks, a D-pad, four action buttons and shoulder buttons. It comes in two separate pieces that cradle your iPad mini when attached.
Not to be outdone by Target, Best Buy is also offering the original iPad mini for only $199. That's $100 off the normal suggested retail price for Apple's 7-inch tablet. Just like Target, this deal is in-store only and does not apply to Best Buy's online store.
Best Buy is also offering a great deal for customers looking to buy a 4G LTE iPad Air. You can nab any cellular model iPad Air at the same price as the Wi-Fi only equivalent, as long as you are willing to agree to a new two-year contract with Verizon Wireless. This deal is similar to T-Mobile's Operation Tablet Freedom, which allowed users to upgrade their Wi-Fi only iPad model to any cellular model.
Yes, the first-generation iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display will support iOS 8. However, it is unknown at this time if the original iPad mini will feature reduced functionality due to hardware constraints.
All iPad models, except the original iPad, will support iOS 8 along with the iPhone 4s and later and the fifth-generation iPod touch.
Target is offering $100 off the original iPad mini for Father's Day. The deal is in-store only and there seems to be very limited supply. You can find out what locations have the iPad mini in stock by using your zip code here. You can also nab a 16GB Retina display model for only $369 (normally $399) from Target's online store or at any retail location.
The original iPad mini doesn't feature a Retina display, but it will support iOS 8 when the new OS is released this fall. This means the first-generation tablet still has a lot of life left in it making the Target sale very tempting for shoppers looking for a great deal on an older model iPad.